Changes occur from the first day until 2-3 months after the end of the protocol. While some families see changes immediately, other families report seeing changes within 2-3 months as the person begins to engage and act differently, or in new ways. Your therapists will report tremendous advances in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, and psychiatric therapies. While the SSP is not a magic wand or a “panacea,” it CAN bring about changes and improvements. The short answer is that “IS” is possible to use a suit and allow the child and parents to listen at the same time. The experts achieved positive results in the joint implementation of the Protocol. On the other hand, this may not be a good idea for many clients, as each person manages their own emotions and sometimes the listener needs a “safe” or regulated person. We do not want the child to be the “safe” or “regulated” person for the adult. This is the case for many families. As mentioned earlier, you can get stuck in a malicious feedback loop where the ears pay the most attention to the low tones. This reinforces the brain`s perception that the world is dangerous and makes the ears listen even more to the bass. SSP uses algorithmically filtered music that focuses on the frequency range of the human voice and changes the way sounds are interpreted.

The first branch is called the ventral vagal because it descends mainly along the ventral or anterior half of the body. The ventral wave path is activated when we feel safe and connected to others. I see trust, I see connection, I see security ignite at a level where the therapeutic process can take place without barriers. We also encourage families to experience the protocol when children are not under a lot of stress. Avoidance of annual triggers, start of the school year, etc. By improving the ability to assess safety in social situations, the SSP helps clients activate a parasympathetic state. Improving the condition promotes behavioral regulation. Many people wonder how PHS will affect their child`s learning disability. Each child`s response is unique.

It can be difficult to separate the social impact from the disability itself. Learning is partly a social process, which improves the social engagement system, which can help some children who have learning difficulties. For example, while the PHS cannot “fix” the disability itself, it can teach when they close when faced with a challenge, or diminish the emotional reactions the child might have to the way they approach school or science. In some children, we have seen an improvement in their ability to stick to a task or their regulation when they complete a task. In response, the ear muscles relax and the eardrum relaxes. This makes it easier for the drum to recognize low-pitched sounds. These deep noises are rather dangerous (think screaming, grunting, barking, gunshots). As soon as the ears pay attention to the treble, they also do not hear the treble. So we miss the safety signals that are supposed to calm us down – singing, speaking in a pleasant voice, singing birds, etc. The Social Engagement System (SSE) is crucial for healthy engagement with the world and interprets cues from our social environment, such as voice prosody, eye contact, and facial gestures, to measure our level of safety. The SES feels safe and allows us to truly collaborate with others and be open and ready to embrace new ideas.

The first priority of our brain and body is to keep us alive, when our body or brain feels or perceives a threat, our nervous system goes into states of defense (fight, flight or freeze). When a nervous state remains in a chronic defense state, it affects how we feel, think, and connect with others. This can have a negative impact on our health and how we experience the world around us. Our emotional and physiological states are important for how we handle different circumstances. When we have better regulation, treatment outcomes are improved. Regulation or rest brings balance to our physiological and emotional systems so that the client can feel safe. This procedure is called passive, which means that the client can benefit from simple listening as long as they feel calm, safe and focused on the music. However, this intervention is not passive! Displacements take place in the autonomic nervous system and in the vagal nervous system. It is strongly recommended that a parent or caregiver be present while the child listens and actively participate in common activities. What a great opportunity for families to spend uninterrupted time with their loved ones.

The Safe & Sound (SSP) protocol is the only practical application of polyvagal theory and is designed to improve sound sensitivity and auditory processing, regulation of behavioral state and social engagement through specially filtered music. Most of the time, we should be in the ventral vagal. Here, we digest, we relax, we smile, we get involved, we talk, we laugh. We feel comfortable being ourselves with others. Ventralvagal occurs when we perceive security around us. This perception is usually unconscious. The SSP provider is also usually available through the step-by-step advice portal on listening days to answer any questions or concerns that may arise after the listening sessions. SSP participants will not be charged for this service. The SSP provider can provide support through the protocol: In general, we find that the safe and robust program takes full advantage, which begins about 6 weeks after the end of the hearing component. Most families want to know more about the science behind the procedure.

Polyvagal Theroy notes that in mammals, the regulation of the autonomic nervous system focuses on listening and vocalization. Mammals are different from reptiles because 2 bones are detached in the ear, so we can hear the low amplitudes and high-frequency sounds in the human voice. The bones of the middle ear are a direct access to our autonomic nervous system. The muscles (stapedius) of the middle ear provide information to the brain by stimulating the plant nerve. When the Stapeduius muscle is weak, the brain has trouble visiting and interpreting sound and facial signals, as well as other deregulation problems. These are beyond our conscious control. SSP trains this muscle and increases the amount of input the client can absorb. When the way we pick up sounds is distorted, it disrupts the entire autonomic nervous system and disrupts the social engagement system.

Additional information: Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled session. This gives the child time to use the bathroom, drink water and ask questions before putting on the headphones. If there are any items in the house that you think would help our child stay calm and busy while you listen, please check with our administrator for relevance. Some things that would be useful are comfort items such as stuffed animals, dolls or blankets. No electronic devices are allowed for parents or children during listening hours. For more detailed information and research on the PHC intervention, see This protocol was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, based on his polyvagal theory, SSP was originally a 5-hour sound (auditory) intervention that calmed physiological and emotional states. This is derived from 4 decades of research on the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social-emotional processes. The SSP is designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity and improve social engagement and resilience.